For those who suffer from allergies, allergic reactions are no minor thing. In fact, they can sometimes be life-threatening events. With that in mind, we’ll take a look at some of the ways that you can reduce allergic reactions for yourself and others in your household.

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1. Avoid Allergens

If you have already been diagnosed with allergies, then you should be well aware of the allergens that you need to avoid. With that said, however, it is not always easy to avoid certain types of allergens. If it is not possible for you to completely avoid them, then you should at least do your best to reduce your contact with them. The most common categories of allergens include:

  • Medications
  • Foods
  • Insects
  • Latex products
  • Mold and mildew growths
  • Pets
  • Pollen

2. Take Medications as Prescribed

Prescription medications are given to help you reduce your allergic reactions so you can enjoy your day and avoid further serious complications. While they are intended to help you manage your symptoms, it’s important not to stop taking them completely without first consulting your doctor. Even if you are doing your best to avoid allergens, you can’t control every situation, which is why it’s important to continue taking your medicine as prescribed.

3. Keep Epinephrine Auto-Injectors With You

Some people have very serious reactions to allergies, including anaphylaxis. If this is your case, then your doctor has likely prescribed an epinephrine auto-injector (sometimes called epi-pens). Anaphylaxis is an allergic reaction with a rapid onset that can cause death. Epinephrine is the most immediate treatment available to stop the reaction, which is why you should keep your auto-injector with you at all times. Make sure that those closest to you are aware of your epi-pen so that they can administer the medicine if you are unable to do so yourself.

4. Maintain a Journal

If you are in the early stages of trying to determine what causes your allergic reaction or what makes it worse, then a daily diary or journal could be helpful for your doctor. Be sure to log all of the food and drink you enjoy, what your activities are, and when your symptoms occur. If you find that anything seems to help, make sure to take note of that as well. The more information you can provide your doctor with, the easier it will be to make a determination of the best course of treatment.

At the Allergy and Asthma Center of Corpus Christi, we would be happy to help you with conducting an allergy test, assessing skin related problems or rashes you may have, and assisting you with asthma care. Please contact us today to schedule an appointment and get the allergy relief you need.